NUFC outcast Aleksandar Mitrovic has admitted that his patience is ‘almost to an end’, revealing that the support from Newcastle fans is the only thing ‘keeping him alive’ at the club following a frustrating lack of game time so far this season.
A fascinating interview from the 23-year-old here, who admits that he will ‘always’ be a Newcastle United fan, with the club having a special place in his heart – even if he is to be moved on by the club.
The Serbian came on in the final moments of Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford, but this was a rare appearance for the striker – with him playing less than 20 minutes of Premier League football since returning from a ban after his elbow on Manuel Lanzini back in August.
All the signs are there that Benitez does not trust him and does not see him in his plans at NUFC – despite a growing contingent of fans have pleaded with the gaffer to give him a chance following our lack of goals up front.
Here’s what Mitrovic has had to say when opening up about his future in a big interview today:
“I’m patient, but we will see,”
“My patience is almost to the end, so we will see. I want to play. I want to be on the pitch. I’m patient, but we will see.
“I see where I am already. I’ve said already that I’m patient, but we will see. I don’t know what to say. I’m here, and we’ll see what’s happening.”
He’s clearly frustrated and has every right to be, but has insisted that he wants to stay and play at Newcastle United, vowing to do his best over the next few weeks to get back in the team:
“I want to be here. I want to play. I like this club. I train good, I try to use every minute.
“We will see. I’ll try to do my best in the next few weeks.”
There Serbian has been in phenomenal form for his country, making his exclusion at club level all the more frustrating for some, and he has suggested here that it is crucial for him to be playing and scoring each week at club level ahead of next summer’s World Cup:
“It’s a big thing for the whole country, for all the Serbian players and for all the people in Serbia.
“It’s a big thing for my country, for my family and for all people in Serbia. If you want to do something there, you have to be ready. If I want to be ready, I have to play games and to be on the pitch scoring goals. That’s it.”
FInally, here’s what Mitrovic had to say when asked about the superb support he has received from Newcastle fans over his time at the club:
“This is what’s keeping me alive,”
“Since the beginning, I don’t know why, but we have had a really amazing relationship. I love them, they love me.
“Newcastle is in my heart, and even if I maybe go somewhere, Newcastle will be in my heart.
“I hope I will stay here, but we will see what happens. I will always be a Newcastle United fan all my life. We will see.”
A revealing interview from the Serbian. I admire his love for the club and will to do well at NUFC, but you can’t help but feel his time on Tyneside is coming to an end.
‘Newcastle will be in my heart’ – the words of a man who knows he’s living on borrowed time perhaps?